So here’s the deal, I’m not a huge Sting fan by any means, but in an episode of “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" he performs a version of this classic tune on a lute and it is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. Last year I searched high and low to track down a performance of it and found it. I want to share it with you.
Get the tissues ready. If you’re not at least somewhat moved by this, you have no soul.
Why must Adobe keep investing time in trying to make Photoshop a UI design tool… I know some misguided designers like to make their UIs in Photoshop but they’re wrong to do so, its a horrible tedious tool for UI design. Don’t believe me? If a shit how PS user and a shit how FW user both had to change the layout and sizing of the same form controls I bet the Fireworks user would be done in a fraction of the time.
How can you use a UI design tool that doesn’t even have a button to center an object on the page?
And as for adding special features for iPhone UI design? WHY??? how is iPhone UI design any different from regular UI design other than its a fucking buzzword? You can totally see the Adobe marketing team at work here because the App Store is big money at the moment they’re hoping to tack all this extra pointless crap onto CS5 so that the stupider people in charge think they’ll need CS5 to develop better iPhone Apps.
Mike in the blog comments summed it up nicely
Adobe popular product + Current technological hype = more profit!
So for god sake Adobe why don’t you put some extra time into Fireworks, make the basic tools work better, make it more stable and stop adding dumb Flex or other gimmicky crap that time should never have been wasted on in the first place.
I don’t know much about Fireworks but I tend to agree with the general sentiment:
Stop adding so much shit and just make the basic tools work.
If you have yet to discover the Radio 1 Live Lounge series you really should. Artists come in and perform (generally) acoustic versions of songs, be they there own or covers (which tend to be my favourites).
One of my all time favourites (which sadly hasn’t been released on any of the compilations) is this cover of Franz Ferdinand from those wacky Scissor Sisters.
As I’ve mentioned previously, each year I like to try to put together a Christmas mix CD. Generally speaking I fail and only get these things out every two years, but that’s besides the point. I finished off my last mix with this track, and to be honest, plan to do the same again for this year’s mix because quite honestly I cannot get enough of this song. It is performed with such power, conviction, and passion that it’s hard not to be moved by it. True, “O Holy Night” is a pretty powerful song in general, but this rendition gets me every single time.
The song itself comes from the Christmas Episode of one of my all time favourite television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. To explain the whole context would take too long so really you might as well just head out, buy the boxset, and watch it from the beginning. Or if you’re too lazy here’s the episode. And here’s the clip (though seriously, watch the episode. It’s fantastic). But seriously, watch the show. The scene is all the more powerful in context.
Unfortunately there’s not a lot of information on the song itself. The song is performed by a jazz musician, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who was featured in the episode. Shortly after the episode aired NBC posted an MP3 online (which has since been removed) with a link to donate to the the Tipitina’s Foundation, a foundation to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina (the other musician’s playing with Trombone Shorty are all Katrina survivors themselves).
The song was taken off of the NBC page a while ago, which wasn’t a problem since I had it in my music library. That is, until my music library was erased. This lead me to scour the internet to track it down again, and finally I managed to. I’m posting it here today not only so you can hear the absolute beauty of the track, but to ensure that it remains online for years to come. As Scarlett O’Hara might say, “As God as my witness… so long as I have this server this MP3 will be hosted”.
Yeah, it’s really not as powerful as a message about never going hungry again but frankly dear readers, I don’t give a damn.
It’s December fifth, and as you might be able to tell things are starting to get rather festive around here. I’m currently sitting here sipping on a homemade peppermint HoCho (or Hot Chocolate for those of you over the age of 16) and working on this year’s bi-annual Christmas Mix CD.
It’s a little tradition I have to make these mixes and pass them out to friends and family. The bi-annual part stems from the fact that I have a tendency to run out of time, most of this due to the fact that I spend way too much time acquiring songs and designing album art that I never get around to picking songs. Oh, that and me being totally anal when it comes to making mix CDs and spending way too much time ensuring the proper transition between tracks.
Anyways, to make a long story short I figured that I’d pass on the mix from two years ago as many of you won’t have it already, and since it was posted on Christmas day it was more or less useless unless you got a physical copy on the Twenty-Third like everyone else.
Also, I do appologize in advanced to those who end up getting this year’s mix and hear some duplicate songs. What can I say, there are some that are just too good to not include. Yes, I’m talking about you John Legend and Trombone Shorty!